Mary Kate Roohan is a licensed creative arts therapist (LCAT) and registered drama therapist (RDT). She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and her M.A. in Drama Therapy from New York University. Mary Kate’s work is motivated by the principle that dramatic interventions, including role-play, improvisation, and storytelling, can help clients achieve therapeutic goals.
Mary Kate has facilitated one-on-one and group therapy sessions in both outpatient and inpatient mental health settings. Her work benefits individuals experiencing a range of mental health challenges, including those diagnosed with substance use, schizophrenia-spectrum, and mood disorders. She conceptualized and implemented NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital’s first Creative Arts Therapy Department and presently runs drama therapy groups at the Della Martin Center at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena.
Mary Kate’s passion for the intersection of drama therapy and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is one she hopes to share with practitioners in the field. She has researched and presented on how dramatic techniques can be used to more effectively teach DBT skills in both inpatient and outpatient mental health settings. Mary Kate will continue to explore this exciting research as she pursues her doctorate in Applied Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles.